Muse in the Morning

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Muse in the Morning

All that we are is the result

of what we have thought:

it is founded on our thoughts,

it is made up of our thoughts.

If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought,

pain follows him, as the wheel follows

the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.

–Dhammapada, verse 1

Phenomena XXVI: transgressing



How much


did you get

from the fly

after you picked off

its wings?

What intelligence

did you gain

from the butterfly

when you

crushed it

with water?

Did the squirrel

divulge secrets


a ticking bomb

as you

dissected it

Did you

move on

to people?


the corners off


with too many


the surface

of those

too different

forcing into focus

the fuzzy people

is how some people

spend too much time

It’s a short step

from here to torture

Is it forward or back?

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–April 18, 2008

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Good morning.  Be excellent to one another.


    • Xanthe on July 29, 2010 at 14:40

    And appropros as I have two huge million leggers or whatever they’re called in my tub.  I am girding myself to get some paper napkins and pick them up – take them downstairs and let them go in the garden.  They’re not pretty or useful (as far as I know) but the older I get the less inclined I am to step on life of most any kind.  I remember when I was a kid I used to catch the cabbage butterflies and rub their wings gently of the white powder.  You know I still feel badly about that 65 years later – they couldn’t fly.  

    But wonderful writing, Robyn.  Someone should put a melody to it!  

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